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ABOUT THE LIONS
The Lions Motto is “We Serve." For 90 years our Club's members have followed this mandate through the creation and support of a wide variety of facilities and service projects.
While Sight is the major institutional goal of Lionism, our bylaws also direct us to take an active interest in the Civic, Cultural, Social and Moral Welfare of our community.
We welcome membership interest from any man or woman of legal majority, good moral character and community reputation who recognizes Lions as a vehicle through which they can make a contribution to the community, expand their acquaintances and make some wonderful friends.
The Lions are the largest service club organization in the world with over 1.3 million members. The members of our club represent all walks of life: employees, business people and retirees - male and female members. Though we come from every corner of the social, economic and religious spectrum, we are united in our desire to provide aid and support to those in our community who are in need. If you are motivated to offer help to your neighbors who can benefit from it, you will find many opportunities for personal fulfillment by joining with us.
RECENT EVENTSNew Lions Induction On March 16th, we had the distinct honor of inducting five new members into our club. Included from left to right in the first image below are (in their yellow vests): Julie Jablonski, Wendy Whitner, Valeri Landeros, Beverly Kincaid, and David Donaldson. Austin Hicks has been accepted into membership but could not attend. Also participating was King Lion Margie Torbron, along with 1st Vice District Governor Jan Weatherly and Zone C-4 Chair Ginger Shields. It was very exciting to see six new members come into our club in the recent days. Just before the induction, Lion Trish Linville received her blue badge from King Lion Margie. Richard Huddy welcomes Julie Jablonski to Lionism Trish Linville gets her blue badge from King Lion Margie Torbron Valentine's Day Social On February 13th, the Club held its second annual (apparently) Valentine's Day Social in the Chief Sealth suite at the Clearwater Casino Hotel; courtesy of PP Dr. James Fitzgerald. A superb venue for a social activity for sure, and here are the pictures to prove it:
Mardi Gras Festival
Each year the Club enters the float competition at Clearwater Casino's Fat Tuesday party, and this year we nearly grabbed the brass ring, losing the top prize by 1 point. Lion Tonya Hinds and her crew put together an amazing effort and brought great pride and recognition to the Bremerton Central Lions. Here is Tonya with the fruits of everyone's labor.
28th Annual Dinner and Auction
On November 7th, 2015 the Bremerton Central Lions Charitable Foundation returned to the Admiral Theatre for their 28th Annual Dinner and Auction. There were a few changes from years past: the silent auction was replaced by a balloon pop and a destination raffle (7 nights in a location of your choice) was held in lieu of the 50-50 raffle. Although the attendance was less than desired and expected, the mood was buoyant and the results were terrific, thanks in part to our outstanding presenters, MC Frank Shiers and auctioneer Brian Orwiler; and to our loyal supporters in the Bremerton area. Of course, underlying those contributor's endeavors was the consistent work throughout the year of the stalwart Club members who formed the planning committee for the event. All worked together to produce $24,000 of net profit for the Foundation. Based on the success of the event, the Foundation contributed $20,000 to the auction's Fund-a-Need recipient: The Admiral Theatre's effort to install an electronic marquee - to replace the current manual marquee. Not resting on our laurels, planning is well underway for this year's event.
Blackberry Festival, Labor Day Weekend 2015
OK, it's the City of Bremerton that hosts the Blackberry Festival every Labor Day weekend but everyone knows that the livliest booth on the Boardwalk is where the Bremerton Central Lions sell their world famous Blackberry Slugs. And this time, the action was in the highest gear yet seen as our slug-hawking Lions had to drop their tarp and close up shop several hours early on all three days, as we ran out of doughnuts before closing time. All told, the weekend netted $3,000 for our community. Three cheers for Committee Chairman Richard Huddy for his organization and energy that made it work!
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.